OUR STORY

How Letters of Love Began

A message from our Founder & President, Grace Berbig

Hello! My name is Grace Berbig and I want to thank you (yes you!) for supporting my organization. Letters of Love means the world to me and I cannot explain how deeply grateful I am for all of the support we have received, and each wonderful person that is a part of our growing family. Thank you for being a part of the team who fights for the kids. I began Letters of Love as a club in October 2018 at Orono High School. After my mom died of leukemia when I was 10 years old, I was inspired to create good and help people who are going through something similar as my mom did. My mom was in the hospital for two years battling cancer, and while she was there my two younger sisters and I loved to make her cards and letters to hang around her room in order to cheer her up. After she passed away, it has become my dream and passion to find a way to give back; so I got the idea to create a club where students have the opportunity to emotionally support children battling cancer and other diseases. I wanted there to be a way for everyone to be able to make a difference without having to worry about their personal financial situation; a way that teenagers can help without having to worry about money. I finally got the confidence to start the club, and in one year we have gone from 0 to over 500 members at the Orono chapter (over half of our student population), started branches of the club at 19 other schools in Minnesota, and are in the process of beginning clubs in three other states as well as other countries such as Poland, Italy and Austria. There are now over 1,000 Letters of Love members across Minnesota, and I am so thrilled to see how far this organization goes.

Meet some of the team

Hear about how they fell in love with Letters of Love

Jack Myhre

Vice President

"I realized I wanted to help Grace start Letters of Love as soon as she told me her idea. I have always been very oriented around creating new companies/businesses although I had never thought that I could help create an organization that could really change the world in a small but amazing way. I think Letters of Love is so amazing because it shows anyone/everyone that they can make a positive impact in the community and someone’s life and that you are never too young to change the world."

Jack is an Entrepreneurship major at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

Maggie Klaers

Website & Newsletter Manager

"I fell in love with the idea behind Letters of Love instantly, so when I was a senior in high school I decided to start a branch of it with my friends. Since then, it has been so incredibly uplifting to see the support we've gotten and how much excited teenagers get to help out. I have loved every second of my time with Letters of Love and was honored when Grace offered me a position in the non-profit. I am beyond excited to be a part of the LOL family and look forward to having a front row view of the amazing things that we will accomplish."

Maggie is a Biology and Visual Communications Design major at the University of Notre Dame.

Leo Kelley

Chief Financial Officer

"I initially got involved with Letters of Love when Grace Berbig offered me a position as the treasurer. After getting to know Grace and what Letters of Love is all about, it was an opportunity I simply could not pass up. I have only been a member of the amazing Letters of Love family for a short while, but even in the last month, it has been a pleasure to help Grace’s dreams and visions for this non-profit seem more than attainable. I am excited to see what new avenues we can try, and I take pride in helping extend the reach of this unbelievable organization."

Leo is currently a full-time intern at ProMed Molded Products. He intends on attending the University of California San Diego next academic year.

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